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Old 03-16-2009, 05:40 PM
 
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A very sad day for East Tennessee with Popcorn Sutton's passing. WBIR.com | Knoxville, TN | Iconic moonshiner 'Popcorn' Sutton dead at age 61 (http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=81403&catid=2 - broken link)
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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He was only 61?!? Looks more like 81.
That's a shame.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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That is a shame. More and more east TN culture is going, going. A lot of our heritage is still going strong and being preserved but I'd say that in twenty years very few people will even know how to make moonshine.

ETA- WATE is reporting that this was an apparent suicide. WTG feds, we used Popcorn to make our 'academic' Appalachian Studies documentaries and then we turn on him.

http://www.wate.com/global/story.asp?s=10017104
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Farmland side of the mountain
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Just last week we watched a documentary on East TN heritage narrated by Billy Ray Cyrus that featured Popcorn and his mountain surroundings. We thoroughly enjoyed the history, culture and stories of the area. What a coincidence with the passing of Popcorn--a major icon of the area.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Maryville
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That is a shame. More and more east TN culture is going, going. A lot of our heritage is still going strong and being preserved but I'd say that in twenty years very few people will even know how to make moonshine.

ETA- WATE is reporting that this was an apparent suicide. WTG feds, we used Popcorn to make our 'academic' Appalachian Studies documentaries and then we turn on him.

Convicted moonshiner "Popcorn" Sutton dead of apparent suicide

I still know and I am only in my 30's, so ti should last longer than 20 years.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Good on ya, mate. Maybe you can teach me then it'll last ten years more or so.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Excerpt from his daughter Sky Sutton's book, "Daddy Moonshine: The Story of Marvin 'Popcorn' Sutton":

"Do you know how to make a frog drunk? I bet you don't. But I do. I fired my pot up one morning and got it going real good. It had just started running high shots. That is what you call it when it first starts to come out. For so many jugs, then it turns to backins. Anyway here come hopping up to the still a dam* big frog. I thought to myself ol' boy I'll make you drunk as hell. I had heard all my life that a frog will absorb things through its skin. So I got me a can lid and caught me some of that high shots and I dropped it slowly on the old frogs back. Real soon its throat started to swell up and then all at once that frog started singing like hell. When he stopped singing he flopped over in the leaves and didn't move till I got done running that likker. I guess he passed out. Anyway when I come back the next morning to sweeten it back he was not there. I guess one good dam* drunk taught him a lesson."
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